Borger, TX Business Section Fire, Dec 1926



Amarillo, Dec. 9. -- (AP) -- Three men are in the Borger Hospital seriously injured as a result of a dynamite blast, twelve buildings are in ruins, and fifteen men are in jail as a result of looting, which broke out at midnight during Borger's $175,000 fire.
The fire which was first seen spurting across the screen of the Rig Theatre as late patrons were watching the last reel, spread over nearly an entire business block. It was finally checked with dynamite when the Rig Theatre, American Hotel and Rollers Barber Shop were blasted.
A jewelry store was looted of $2,000 in diamonds when heat caused the plateglass windows to crumple. General looting of merchandise, household and personal effects was soon stopped by officers and guards who made prompt arrests.
The flesh was torn from the thigh of DICK RUSSELL, when he slipped on the icy street and exploded caps in his pocket as he ran from a 100 pounds dynamite charge in the Rig Theatre he had placed. RUSSELL HAWLEY, an employe of the Panhandle Light and Power Company, is also in the Borger Hospital seriously injured.
The third man to be sent to the hospital was HARRY VAN CLEACE, who was knocked unconscious when he stood too near the rear of the theatre. All were volunteer firemen. Six others received minor injuries. The fire was brought under control at 3 o'clock this morning.

Laredo Daily Times Texas 1926-12-09